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A principal correspondent, Aneesha Sareen Kumar is the bureau chief at Ludhiana. She covers district administration, politics and crime.

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Battle won, but long road ahead for INDIA bloc allies in Chandigarh

With the changing political scenario, both the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party will fight for space and it will be a challenge to strike a balance in Chandigarh, say political observers

A political observer said had Chandigarh been a three cornered contest in the Lok Sabha polls with the AAP contesting the election separately, it would have been more difficult for Tewari to register a win in Chandigarh. (HT File)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 06:08 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Astute strategy, teamwork, AAP factor: How Manish Tewari stumped BJP in Chandigarh

Even though four-time MP from Chandigarh Pawan Kumar Bansal stayed away from campaigning for Tewari and minor factions were visible in the local unit initially, the Congress team, led by city president HS Lucky, fanned out a strategy to cover all sectors of city with focus on colonies and villages, where AAP has a strong presence

Congress supporters celebrating Manish Tewari’s victory at CCET, Sector 26, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 06:06 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

In Chandigarh, Manish Tewari wins a cliffhanger

Congress’Manish Tewari polled 2,16,657 votes against Sanjay Tandon’s 2,14,153 votes in a nail-biting finish where his lead swung up and down through the counting process

Manish Tewari was able to make the most of his experience of past polls and ran an aggressive campaign. (Keshav SIngh/HT)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 05:54 PM IST

In Chandigarh, Tewari vs Tandon duel on last day of campaign

The Congress and BJP nominees from Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat engaged in fiery verbal sparring at press conferences, while claiming certain victory

Congress candidate taking out a ‘Save Constitution’ march in Chandigarh on the last day of campaigning on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Published on May 31, 2024 05:25 AM IST

Kirron Kher ditched people of Chandigarh twice: Kejriwal

Taking out the roadshow through the narrow lanes of Bapu Dham Colony, Kejriwal made a loud appeal to the public to vote for Tewari; “We have to defeat the BJP. You all voted twice for Kirron Kher. What did you get? This time Tewari should win,” he said

AAP supremo and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal holding a roadshow in support of Congress candidate Manish Tewari at Bapu Dham Colony in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 30, 2024 08:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Free water, power, no new taxes: Congress takes alliance partner AAP’s cue in Chandigarh manifesto

“Need-based changes and alterations in CHB flats will be regularised on ‘the Delhi pattern’,” the Congress manifesto reads, while also promising conversion of all categories of leasehold properties to freehold across the city

Congress candidate Manish Tewari with INDIA bloc leaders releasing the party manifesto in Chandigarh on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 20, 2024 08:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Filing of nominations comes to a close: Sanjay Tandon is richest, Manish Tewari has four cars, a revolver

Manish Tewari, with assets worth ₹29.68 crore, including that of his spouse, comes a distant second in terms of net worth.

Tandon owns immovable assets worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>35.06 crore, including agriculture land worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4.8 crore; residential properties worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>13.5 crore in Chandigarh’s Sector 18-D and Mohali’s Phase 8; non-agriculture land worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>12.50 crore in Mohali’s Phase 7; and shares worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.12 crore in commercial buildings in Chandigarh’s Sector 17. (HT File)
Updated on May 15, 2024 09:04 AM IST

In Chandigarh, Congress candidate Manish Tewari hopes to make janmabhumi his karmabhumi

Having represented Ludhiana (2009) and Anandpur Sahib (2019) in the Lok Sabha, the former Union minister is not new to the campaign but this election is special as Chandigarh is his birthplace from where he began his political career with NSUI four decades ago

Manish Tewari was 19 when his father was assassinated by terrorists in 1984. He says it became his trigger to come into public life. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 09, 2024 09:12 AM IST

State of parties: Do or die for Congress, prestige battle for BJP in Chandigarh

A two-way battle is underway in Chandigarh, where countering Sanjay Tandon’s BJP campaign for the June 1 Lok Sabha election is proving to be a tall order for Congress-AAP candidate Manish Tewari given his rival’s local connect. But both have to contend with bickering in their respective camps.

This time, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party are contesting together in Chandigarh as part of the INDIA bloc. Two-time MP Manish Tewari is their candidate. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 24, 2024 02:24 PM IST

Chandigarh: High command steps in to mollify Bansal

AICC Chandigarh in-charge Rajeev Shukla visited four-time MP Pawan Kumar Bansal at his residence in Sector 28, where he coaxed him to actively participate in party candidate Manish Tewari’s Lok Sabha poll campaign

AICC Chandigarh in-charge Rajeev Shukla had flown in to Chandigarh to watch the Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians IPL match played at the Mullanpur stadium on Thursday evening. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 08:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Four Chandigarh cops booked for helping sexual harassment accused

CBI lodges two FIRs against retired SP, three serving police personnel for helping a former executive director of a company

The four police officers are facing allegations ranging from bribery, changing the seizure memo in the accused’s favour and illegally extracting phone details of the complainant in the sexual harassment case. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 11:03 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh Congress leadership goes in damage control mode

Congress’ Chandigarh candidate Manish Tewari tries to placate party cadres who are gunning for removal of city chief HS Lucky over alleged disrespect to four-time MP Pawan Bansal

Congress’ Chandigarh candidate Manish Tewari, along with local party chief HS Lucky, paying obeisance at Mansa Devi temple in Manimajra on Tuesday. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 09:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Internal rumblings out in open as Pawan Bansal skips Manish Tewari’s meet with party workers

Not just this, 60-odd party leaders and workers, including Chandigarh Mahila Congress president Deipa Dubey, resigned from their posts over an Instagram post liked by the party’s city unit chief HS Lucky.

Congress candidate Manish Tewari with party leaders and workers at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Monday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 05:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Tewari hits the ground running after landing in Chandigarh, BJP hurls ‘outsider’ barb

Interacting with media, Tewari said it was a battle to form the INDIA bloc government at the national level and he was all geared up for it. He added that he will be meeting party workers and devising a poll strategy with focus on issues concerning city’s development

Tewari went to city Congress president HS Lucky’s residence in Sector 8, Chandigarh, where he was welcomed by party workers. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 08:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Former councillor accuses Chandigarh Congress chief of bias, misconduct

Jahan alleged that 40 of her associates, including block president of Ward Number 4, have been shifted in an abrupt manner by Chandigarh Congress president HS Lucky

Jannat also threatened to protest against Lucky if her workers are not posted back to their original posts. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 08:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Lok Sabha polls: Manish Tewari is Congress choice for Chandigarh seat

Picked over four-time Chandigarh MP Pawan Kumar Bansal; to take on BJP’s Sanjay Tandon, a Lok Sabha poll debutant, in two-way contest

“I would like to carry forward the good work done by my predecessors,” said Manish Tewari. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 08:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh park shocker: Woman burnt to death after break-up spat

Boyfriend arrested on charges of murder based on woman’s dying declaration; but Chandigarh Police also probing self-immolation angle

Chandigarh Police are investigating whether the girl immolated herself in a pre-planned manner, as claimed by her boyfriend and a friend, whom she had purportedly called earlier in the evening to arrange petrol. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 06:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

In Chandigarh, crime by juveniles sees 46% surge in a year

The city of Chandigarh, with its ever-widening economic gap between the rich and the poor, is witnessing a disturbing trend; crime by juveniles is on the rise and as per statistics has reached alarming levels

According to police officials, most of the juveniles who turn to crime are school dropouts. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 09:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

5 boys under 11 behind theft spree at Chandigarh’s electric vehicle charging stations

Police crack case with arrest of two scrap dealers; five juveniles, all aged between 8 and 11, sent for counselling, to be enrolled in school

Police have recovered several stolen electronic parts, although they have been rendered useless. (HT)
Updated on Mar 22, 2024 09:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Will ensure free, fair polls in Chandigarh: DGP Yadav

Vowing to carry forward the legacy, Chandigarh DGP Yadav said he believed in interaction with cops at all ranks and in developing a strong information network.

Surendra Kumar Yadav took over as Chandigarh DGP on Saturday. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 19, 2024 07:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Need for calibrated engagement with Pakistan, says former envoy Ajay Bisaria

Bisaria was speaking while interacting with Hindustan Times executive editor Ramesh Vinayak in the course of discussion on his critically acclaimed book “Anger Management: The troubled diplomatic relationship between India and Pakistan” at the “Literati” festival organised by the Chandigarh Literary Society

Ajay Bisaria, former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan (left), in conversation with Hindustan Times executive editor Ramesh Vinayak at ‘Literati’ in Chandigarh on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 17, 2024 05:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Outgoing Chandigarh DGP warns of rising cyber crime, applauds police efforts

Praveer Kumar Ranjan has been repatriated as the additional director general of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF); 1997-batch IPS officer Surendra Singh Yadav will replace him as the Chandigarh DGP

Police personnel giving farewell to outgoing Chandigarh DGP Praveer Kumar Ranjan on Friday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 09:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh Police fastest in country with emergency response time of 7.03 minutes

. While Chandigarh Police was found to be the fastest, Puducherry ranked second in the country with a response time of 7.11 minutes. This is followed by Tamil Nadu which had an average response time of 8 minutes followed by UP Police with a response time averaging 9.82 minutes. Delhi Police have an average response time of 9.86 minutes.

The Chandigarh Police added 25 Tata Safari vehicles in their PCR fleet last year, replacing the old Ertigas which have been phased out. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 11, 2024 09:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

International Women’s Day: They came, they saw, they conquered

In a remarkable shift, women entrepreneurs are spearheading the startup landscape in the tricity, ushering in an era of innovation and fostering community empowerment. Diving boldly into the varied world of business, from artificial intelligence to virtual reality and education to hospitality and arts, female entrepreneurs are no longer just confined to vanity businesses but are instead making significant strides in diverse sectors.

Diving boldly into the varied world of business, from artificial intelligence to virtual reality and education to hospitality and arts, female entrepreneurs are no longer just confined to vanity businesses but are instead making significant strides in diverse sectors. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 07:47 PM IST

Chandigarh MP Kher, bizman reach compromise in fraud case

In December 2023, Kher had filed a police complaint against Chaitanya Aggarwal, a resident of Shivalik Vihar, NAC, Manimajra, for duping her of ₹8 crore; as per sources, the accused had now returned the money to the MP, following which the complaint against him was withdrawn

A police official stated that they had received a letter from the MP that she wished to withdraw the complaint. “We will be deciding on the next course of action,” said the official. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 06, 2024 09:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Child abuse: Worrisome rise in acquittals in Chandigarh as victims retract statements

In a whopping 76% acquittals, accused walked free after victims resiled from their statements given to Chandigarh Police

As per figures made available by police, as many as 60 cases were registered under the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in 2020. The figure has been climbing ever since. (HT)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 08:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

2 protests a day keep Chandigarh Police on toes through the year

A staggering 883 protests, ranging from small to large, unfolded throughout the year — equivalent to at least two daily, presenting a formidable challenge for Chandigarh Police, not only in maintaining law and order, but also in managing traffic flow

Farmers blocking traffic movement at Jaloli toll plaza in Panchkula on Thursday to protest the use of police force against farmers at Khanauri (Sant Arora/HT)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 10:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Realty investments did inspector couple in

The CBI had registered a case under Sections 13 (1) and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act against the inspector couple on Friday

The FIR states that maximum assets that were found to be disproportionate to the couple’s income were accumulated between 2017 to 2021. (HT)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 08:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Soldier made false, frivolous allegations against Chandigarh cops: Police Complaints Committee

The report, which relied on closed -circuit television (CCTV) camera footage obtained from the Sector 11 police station from the day of the incident in question, also states that the complainant is facing two cases at different police stations of Punjab

The army soldier, Naik Arvinder Singh, had also moved the Punjab and Haryana high court that had served a notice to the Chandigarh Police. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 09:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Truckers turn blind eye to vision blues, 40% found with weak sight

As many as 150 truck drivers, in the age-group of 25 to 65, turned up at the camp. Many of them, who drive heavy commercial vehicles for hours at stretch, sometimes without adequate sleep, also suffer from cataract.

A trucker being tested at a special eye camp organised at the transport area in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 09:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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